- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A review of the best member of the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars who’s still unsigned:
Daryl Smith, linebacker
Smith was a durable player for is first eight years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing in all but four of the team’s 128 regular-season games.
But a groin injury cost him the first 14 games of the 2012 season, required surgery and landed him on injured-reserve with the possibility of a recall. He did return to start the final two games of the 2012 season, but the layoff severely hurt his attractiveness as a free agent.
He’s 31, and I feel certain he can still make a significant contribution to a team. But older guys might be less valued than ever. He’s not as old as John Abraham, Dwight Freeney or Charles Woodson, but he’s suffering a similar fate so far.
I don’t expect the Jaguars will circle back to him, as they are going young and by the time the team around Smith is ready to contend he’d be close to the end.
It seems odd, however, that there has been minimal or no interest in him elsewhere.
He’s been somewhat well-known for being underrated, and appears to be paying a price for it now. Though someone could surely have him at a minimal price and he’d bring minimal risk.